Coronavirus: Licensing & Hackney/Private Hire


Latest News and advice regarding Licensing & Hackney/Private Hire

Page Updated: 18 January 2021, 10:30


Read the guidance and compliance advice for those businesses and other venues asked by the government to close as part of further social distancing measures. It is now an offence not to be closed.

Hackney/Private Hire

We appreciate that for most of us the impact of the virus is having a severe effect on our usual business and working practices, West Lindsey District Council are taking concerns about their residents, licence holders and staff safety very seriously. We understand that these are difficult and unknown times for everyone but would ask that you keep up to date with the latest Government guidance:

The Department of Transport (DoT) has provided an update on the status of taxi and private hire vehicles, advising that they can continue to work but only where absolutely necessary in light of the current government instruction to 'Stay at Home'.

COVID-19 Department of Transport (DoT) Update: Taxis and PHVs

The DoT has released the following for information on the current situation regarding the continued working of taxis and private hire vehicles:

Taxis and private hire vehicles can continue to operate, but the law is absolutely clear – it is against the law to leave your home to travel unless for work or other legally permitted reasons. The only reasons to leave our homes are set out in the Stay at home guidance on GOV.UK.

If you are leaving your home to travel for a legally permitted reason, you must also note that, aside from the driver, it is not permitted to share a taxi or private hire vehicle with someone from outside your household or your support bubble unless doing so is itself necessary for an exempt reason, for example, if it is reasonably necessary as part of your work.

You must wear a face covering when using taxis or private hire vehicles. You will be breaking the law if you fail to do so and could be fined. A taxi driver or private hire vehicle operator will be entitled to refuse to accept you if you do not wear a face covering, unless you are exempt from this requirement. Further information can be found in the government guidance on safe travel in taxis and private hire vehicles.

Critical Worker Status

Taxi and private hire drivers should not generally be considered Critical Workers. Those undertaking Home to School transport or the transport of ‘extremely vulnerable’ people may be considered Critical Workers on a case-by-case basis. Critical Workers should also whenever possible make suitable arrangements for their children to stay at home; requests for children to attend school should be discussed with the school.

The following information may be useful:

Coronavirus Information

Contacting the Licensing Team:

In response to the COVID 19 Pandemic the Council Offices, Guildhall, Marshall's Yard, Gainsborough is now closed until further notice.

As you can appreciate the Licensing Service is receiving an extremely high number of enquiries and our response time may be longer.

Please email should you wish to communicate with us.